Tuesday, September 9, 2008

LHC - yet another opinion about 'the End of the World'

I have been kinda busy the last week, which is why I didn't wrote any new posts for my blog. But this LHC (Large Hadron Collider) is going to end the world thingy that I hear and read all over the news is starting to freak me out. DUDES! I don't think that not even 10% of all those who claim that this is the Apocalypse actually know what LHC does. I mean have they ever even read about microblack-holes or Hawking Radiation?
So, putting idiots aside, I believe that the world's not going to end. I'm not going to state all the reasons, because it'll probably be better if I just put the links so you can read about it too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Hadron_Collider, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_black_hole, http://thecircuit.mojohd.com/episodes/episode-6/ (the part when professor Michio Kaku talks about LHC is important).
That being said I should mention my own thoughts regarding the experiment. I'm quite excited because if micro-black-holes would be created, it would mean that extra dimensions exist and as prof. Michio Kaku stated, it is possible to bend space (using an extra-dimension) and thus create things like wormholes. Now, I've seen a documentary once, it was called "The Elegant Universe" and in it, things like wormholes were discussed and they said that space could be bent, but it couldn't be ruptured (according to Einstein). I'm not a physicist, so my understanding of these phenomena rather limited.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Intrepid Ibex Alpha 4

So, guess what? I have Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 4; :yahoo: pretty awesome don't you think?
Well, it is and it isn't at the same time, mostly it isn't. The amount of bugs make using it a pretty nasty experience. That's because, at least in my case, few things work out of the box and you need to use a little good ol' "persuasion".
For example, the first thing I encountered was that system -> about ubuntu didn't work. In nerd terms, yelp can't parse the file /usr/share/gnome/help/about-ubuntu/C/about-ubuntu.xml because of another error in /usr/share/gnome/help/libs/C/legalnotice.xml. Commenting/deleting the problematic part in legalnotice.xml seems to solve the problem.
Next came the strong desire to install the graphics driver. I soon felt sorry for that attempt because after my first try, neither the monitor nor my GeForce 7300GT card weren't detected. Also, it seemed that instead of using the nvidia driver, Intrepid was using vesa. It probably took me 30 minutes in total of installing and reinstalling the 173.14.09 and 173.14.12 drivers before I realized that the problem was caused by a faulty generation of xorg.conf by nvidia-xconfig and managed to get hardware acceleration into my system.
Currently I'm working on the sound driver. I know there is a long history of sound issues, especially for me, since I have 2 sound cards (one onboard, and one usb). On hardy a simple asoundconf set-default-card solved it, but on intrepid, asoundconf fails with "ValueError: need more than 1 value to unpack" on line 348. So yeah, I do have some work to do before I get it to work. The reason I started using it, is because I'm looking forward to start participating in it's development and reporting bugs I think is a good way to start.

offtopic: today is the first day of Ubuntu Developer Week. It's also the first time I'm going to participate, so I'm excited to see how is it going to be.